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Determining the Meaning of Words

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Skill 1: Determine the meaning of words in a simple sentence by using context clues including familiar phrases and other vocabulary in the sentence

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    Determine the meaning of words in a simple sentence by using context clues including familiar phrases and other vocabulary in the sentence

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    A poisonous substance in an animal’s bloodstream, known as a -------, often presents an immediate danger to the animal’s health.

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In your reading, look for words that have a root you already know. Think about how roots, prefixes, and suffixes work together.

In your reading, when you come to a word you don’t know or a word that can mean more than one thing (such as light or run), see if the words in the rest of the sentence can help you define it.

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